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waving monkey

yipes!

Posted by monkeyarcher on 2007.06.17 at 16:06
when zuchinni gets away from you
yipes, they are bigger than my cutlery!

waving monkey

Tomatoes!

Posted by monkeyarcher on 2007.06.10 at 13:49
hey there!
I am sure that you thought I had died or something, but actually work made tings a bit slow and then I was also waiting for the garden to kick in for inspiration. That said, I will probably only be able to update on weekends, at best. But anyone is welcome to make their own entries about fruit, vegatables, herbs or things of that ilk.

To restart, I thought it would be good to discuss possibly the most popular of garden grown goodies...drumroll please

clockwise from bottom left -- pink flesh beafsteak tomatoes, red slicing tomatoes, small Roma tomatoes, bunches of red cherrytomatoes and yellow slicing tomatoes
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squash blossom

Epazote

Posted by monkeyarcher on 2007.03.11 at 13:09
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With the garden being in a post-winter shambles, I haven't been feeling too inspired lately. But, over by the wall where I planted it with the watermelon, I discovered that my Epazote didn't give up the ghost, but instead is now coming up from its roots, so a moment of inspiration is with me now...

Epazote leaves and flowers
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This might not be the most complimentary of descriptions, leading one to wonder why I am happy that I have it growing, but I truly love this herb and never feel like I have a good herb garden going until I can go out and pick this stuff any time I want it. And it is definately worth trying if you happen to find it at your grocery stores.

okra blossom

trying to finally get things going

Posted by monkeyarcher on 2007.03.10 at 17:03
Current Mood: crankycranky
I have been working too much lately, but I finally have had time to work in the garden. Since I am not getting the early start I wanted on seedlings, I am springing for plants to just plop into the dirt.

Got a nice variety of tomatoes and peppers, and the eggplants were succussfully transplanted. I also found some zucchini to plant, so this is good.
So why can't I find corn or okra? Okay, I can kinda see okra not being popular enough to warrant 6-packs, and I do have my seeds sitting here to plant. But why no corn? I have seeds and I could plant those also, but I was not wanting to dig them out from last years seeds. And I don't know how well they hold up after a year. The tomatoes peppers and such, no prob, but corn seems to have a shorter shelf life. I don't wanna buy new seeds, I just wanted to plant some pants, darn it!
Same thing with the herbs. Can't find fennel, dill or cinnimon basil, I know that the last one sounds like it might be a little too specialty-like, but it has always been easy to find inthe past. And it is a great southwest basil. And the nursuries are acting like I am asking for something exotic that they have never seen before (one clerk stated taht she wasn't sure he had ever seen it), which is annoying since I know that I have seen it at these places last year. So again I need to dig out my seeds.

These are little things. It would have been better to start my seeds like I wanted to in february. I know this. But I really didn't think I would have this much trouble finding these darn plants.

waving monkey
Posted by monkeyarcher on 2007.02.21 at 19:54
I am sorry about the silence.
I really haven't abandoned this community, but have been stuck at work doing oodles of over-time. I barely have had any time to think about my garden, let alone actually work in it or do any meaningful cooking.

I have discovered that the garden devastation wasn't as total as I believed. Eggplants coming back from the roots. Anyone know the best way to transplant these puppies, because I really need them in a different part of the new garden area.
Some of the peppers are coming back and the hyacinth bean survived. and a nice number of the herbs are still going fairly strong, including the epazote.

Time should become my friend again soon (although I have said that before), and things will return to normal around here.
If anyone has goodies to share, please feel free, and I thank everyone for their patience.


waving monkey

early planning

Posted by monkeyarcher on 2007.02.04 at 14:35
so, pretty much everything in the back yard is dead. Well, the trees seem to be doing alright (although the citrus looks exceptionally sad this year) and the artichoke and two eggplants seem to be hanging in there. But that is it.
So, I need to start thinking about what to grow this year. And plan a little better. especially since I now know that tomatoes will grow regardless of how old the seeds are, so don't over plant with thoughts of seed failure.

so, any suggestions of what to grow and why?
I am already thinking okra, peppers/chilis, some tomatoes and squash. oh, and some cucumbers, especially these red ones I got seeds for. But I haven't quite worked out the numbers or types of these yet. And I know I should maybe plant other things also, but I don't know what.

and anyone know any good vegatables that are pretty enough to plant out front? I have some replanting to do out there also.

(ack...I just realized that I probably missed out on getting some saffron crocus again this year. argh. this makes too many years in a row. I want those crocuseseses again darn it.)

waving monkey

taking my mind off the garden

Posted by monkeyarcher on 2007.01.22 at 21:34
so, has anyone out there run into the book "Greene on Greens"?
Great book.
He has chapters dedicated to various veggies. I got it because it has a whole chapter devoted to okra, and there are quite a few recipes in there. Not just a couple obvious ones, but a nice variety. I think there are like twenty okra recipes, and that is the smallest chapter if I recall (I am at work, so I can't check for sure.)

oh, another plus. I bought it off Amazon, for 50¢.

It isn't a luxurious book, all black and white line drawings. But who cares?

Just thought I would share. Hope it is somewhat helpful.

waving monkey

taking my mind off the garden

Posted by monkeyarcher on 2007.01.22 at 18:58
so, has anyone out there run into the book "Greene on Greens"?
Great book.
He has chapters dedicated to various veggies. I got it because it has a whole chapter devoted to okra, and there are quite a few recipes in there. Not just a couple obvious ones, but a nice variety. I think there are like twenty okra recipes, and that is the smallest chapter if I recall (I am at work, so I can't check for sure.)

oh, another plus. I bought it off Amazon, for 50¢.

It isn't a luxurious book, all black and white line drawings. But who cares?

Just thought I would share. Hope it is somewhat helpful.

waving monkey
Posted by monkeyarcher on 2007.01.12 at 20:44
So, the garden is pretty much a goner for now.
the eggplants look like they might come back, and I am anticipating some of the peppers returning. but the tomatoes are gone gone gone. And the Okra looks gone gone gone.
well, the artichoke is looking happy, but no artichokes. and the Chard is growing, but I grow that mainly for the iguana.
*sigh*
But I have some great seeds for spring planting.
and there is always great stuff to cook. And most the herbs are still hanging in there.
So all is not lost.
But I was being so hopeful for a nice Phoenix Winter.
*sigh*
so, what all are you guys cooking out there?
I can always use ideas, especially for the group home I work at. they need to eat more veggies all the time.
I hope that everyone is doing well.
Happy Seasons

waving monkey

Happy Holidays

Posted by monkeyarcher on 2006.12.24 at 17:12
Happy Holidays to everyone.
Sorry about my self-imposed exile as of late, but that should change. I have pictures of pepprs and Sunchokes sitting over here waiting for a post. The garden has pretty much bit it for the winter, but I am hopeful for spring. And we have had some nice entries posted from our members (heya Sis), and I hope this continues and grows in the new year.


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